Hospital mergers can be a key to meet patients' needs and improve care

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Rapid change in the health care field has led hospital leaders to search for new ways to reduce costs, increase the quality of care, and preserve access to care, so they can continue to meet their patients’ needs. For some hospitals, mergers may be the right path to meet these goals. This week the AHA... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, consolidation, mergers, clinical integration, care coordination, antitrust

Eight states to participate in Medicaid behavioral health demonstration

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Minnesota, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon and Pennsylvania will participate in a two-year demonstration program authorized by the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 that will pay certified community behavioral health clinics under a prospective payment system to provide... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Medicaid, Behavioral health, care coordination

Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities

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In a report released today, an AHA task force unveiled a set of nine strategies for maintaining access to health care services in vulnerable communities. Comprised of 29 hospital and health system leaders and state hospital association CEOs, the task force held meetings, heard from policymakers and... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality care, population health, Community benefit, Community health, Redefining the H, access, care coordination, prevention

AHA weighs in on Senate Finance workgroup chronic care draft legislation

AHA News

The AHA Nov. 22 commended the Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group (CCWG) on the release of its recent draft legislation to address the needs of Medicare beneficiaries and recommended further refinements.

“We appreciate the deliberate and thoughtful process undertaken by the CCWG to... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, Coverage, chronic conditions, care coordination

CMS announces Vermont All-Payer ACO Model

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced the Vermont All-Payer Accountable Care Organization Model, which will offer Vermont providers the opportunity to participate in a Medicare ACO initiative tailored to the state. Medicaid and commercial health care payers also will participate in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid, ACO, nurses, chronic conditions, care coordination

CMS reports shared savings results for primary care initiative

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The Comprehensive Primary Care initiative generated $57.7 million in gross savings for Medicare Parts A and B in 2015, the second year of shared savings results, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced this week. “Further, more than half of participating CPC practices will receive a share... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses, care coordination

Health leaders share priorities for next administration, Congress

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To continue to transform the health care delivery system and improve quality and affordability of care for patients, hospitals need the next administration and Congress to prioritize modernizing outdated and burdensome laws and regulations, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack told attendees at a forum... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, clinical integration, care coordination

South Dallas center hailed as new model of care for fighting diabetes

AHA News

Diabetes has long been health care enemy number one in the South Dallas neighborhood of Frazier, where 60% of residents are unemployed and 33% live below the poverty level. State health statistics reported in 2010 that Frazier residents were nearly three times more likely to die of diabetes than anywhere... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H, awards, care coordination

CMS launches CAH integrated care demonstration

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Ten critical access hospitals in Montana, Nevada and North Dakota began participating Aug. 1 in a three-year demonstration that will test new models of integrated, coordinated health care in sparsely populated rural counties, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today. The Frontier... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, CAHs, care coordination

House considers health home option for vulnerable children in Medicaid

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The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee today held a hearing on draft legislation that would create a new state option in Medicaid to provide a health home for medically complex children. Under the draft legislation, health home providers such as pediatricians, pediatric specialists and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Medicaid, care coordination

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